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2 January, 2010

Music of the year, 2009

Well.  Not a vintage year for new music, so far as I'm concerned.

Ordinarily I'd identify a few highlights and disappointments from the numerous releases I'd bought, but according to iTunes only nine of those albums and EPs were released in 2009, and I wouldn't consider any of them to be especial highlights. Most of those I have been enjoying were released in 2008 or earlier (if we consider year of composition, much earlier, in the cases of Bach, Handel & Vivaldi).

Looking down the list, I've realised that I'd have to listen to all of the 2009 releases again in order to offer any meaningful comments and, frankly, I really can't be bothered to do so. Hence, I'll just post the list without further comment, as a record of the new music which grabbed sufficient attention to justify purchases but which failed to sustain my ongoing interest.
That's not to say I disliked these releases, just that I haven't felt much need to return to any of them for a while; the most recent 'last played' date is a little under two months ago. To offer a few more iTunes stats: of the 99 tracks included, I rated one 2-min track as '5 stars out of 5', seven as '4 stars', 21 as '2 stars' and only three as '1 star'; the remaining 67 received a 'listenable but unremarkable' '3 stars'.

Bass Communion – Chiaroscuro

Freiband & Bass Communion – Headwind/Tailwind

Gazpacho – Tick Tock

Imogen Heap – Ellipse

Jónsi & Alex – Riceboy Sleeps

OSI – Blood
[Link is to the standard single-disc edition; I wouldn't recommend the version with a bonus disc.]

Porcupine Tree – The Incident

The Resonance Association – Clarity In Darkness
[To be fair, my receipt of a review copy coincided with a somewhat life-changing event, so I haven't been able to give this the proper attention it deserves yet.]

Sylvan – Force Of Gravity

One landmark: three of those links are to .mp3 downloads, primarily because CD editions are a little awkward to obtain, but partly because distaste for the packaging excesses of Steven Wilson's projects has developed into me actually preferring to obtain music without artwork or a requirement for shelf-space.


And yet another end-of-year list from which Marillion's "Less is More" is noticeable by it's absence,

Not that I really expected it on yours, but I haven't seen it on *anybody's*.

Posted by Tim Hall at January 2, 2010 02:32 PM

Nah; that project didn't interest me at all. I've heard unofficial recordings of Marillion acoustic sets over the years, and liked them, but not enough that I'd buy an official album of that type.

Posted by NRT at January 2, 2010 11:39 PM
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